All Indiana physicians – but especially those in our state’s eastern counties – will be pleased to know about a new function of the Indiana Scheduled Prescription Electronic Collections and Tracking (INSPECT) program.
After completing a successful pilot project, Indiana and Ohio are the first states ever to engage in cross-border exchanges of real patient controlled substance prescriptive data.
That means you now have free full access to patient prescriptive data whether the script was written or filled in Indiana or Ohio. Identifying potential doctor-shoppers or drug-seekers crossing the border to obtain medications will be easier and more thorough for prescribers in both states.
Previously, INSPECT contained controlled substance information only on Indiana residents and did not have data on prescriptions that were not written and filled here. Many other states are still preparing their systems to be a part of this interstate sharing project.
To search the Ohio data, you will need to simply check a box to request it. See #4 in the User Guide on the INSPECT website.
If you have questions regarding this new feature or about INSPECT, email the administrator here.
INSPECT’s importance to ISMA members
If you’re not currently using INSPECT and wonder if it’s worth the effort, you should know that the no-cost program was the subject of two resolutions to the ISMA House of Delegates this year. See here for Resolution 11-34 and Resolution 11-40.
These resolutions seek to expand INSPECT usage to more entities, more users and more states, encourage continued education on the program, and partner with the AMA for increased support for such programs nationally.
Training session can get you started on INSPECT
INSPECT training sessions scheduled around the state this fall will cover general INSPECT information including how to:
- Use the program to request patient prescription records
- Interpret the results of an INSPECT report
- Register to use INSPECT
- Use INSPECT guidelines
You can attend whether you are an existing INSPECT user or you’d like to begin using it. In fact, you may register to become a user at the training session. If you are unable to attend, you can send someone from your office. Dates are:
- Oct. 12 - Merrillville
- Nov. 16 - Muncie
- December TBD - Indianapolis
To learn more, see in.gov, call (317) 234-4458 or email them.